(KTVI) – The St. Louis area was slammed by multiple snow storms this winter. Now, those suffering from tree allergies could get slammed this spring.
“With cold weather extending so late into the spring this year, the allergy season will likely be more intense. Different trees that usually pollinate at different times spread over a period of several months will need to catch up and pollinate at the same time, overlapping over a shorter period,” said Dr. Mark Dykewicz, SLUCare allergist. “This means people who are allergic to multiple trees could experience more severe allergy symptoms.”
What can someone suffering from allergies do?
“I’d recommend treating allergy symptoms when they start instead of waiting until they get severe,” Dykewicz said.
He also offered these solutions:
- Get an allergy shot. It can provide permanent relief for some patients.
- Stay indoors in air-conditioned environments on days with high pollen counts.
- Take a shower and change your clothes if you have been outdoors for a long time.
- Make sure your home is free of cockroaches and excess dust.
- Use a dehumidifier.
- Use allergen barriers on pillows and mattresses.
- Washing bedding in hot water once a week.
If you use nasal sprays, follow the instructions carefully. Otherwise, you can get even sicker. Call your doctor for a prescription, if you believe you need to use a nasal spray for more than a few days.